The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
What's In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies
Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, speaks of her father's concern that she not change her name for fear that, as the Kabbalah says, she change her destiny as well.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Troim Katz Handler.
This excerpt is in English.
Troim Katz Handler was born in Los Angeles, California in 1927.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment
1 min 50 sec
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A Strange Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write
2 min 5 sec
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Born Under the Bed During a Pogrom: Stories From My Family Before Coming to America
1 min 26 sec
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